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[CRITICAL] THE THING (1982)

T HE THING, as many of the films of John Carpenter, is a reference of the genre. That is not surprising, therefore, that this name is part of the programming of The Night of fear during the Light Festival. Remake of the (excellent) film by Howard Hawks called The Thing from Another World, and that itself gave birth to a remake honest but useless in 2011, THE THING has entered the popular culture and is often cited among the greatest horror films ever made. And it is easy to understand why, when from the stage of introduction, Carpenter immerses us in a desert, frozen, terrifying, and gives a new definition to the word “paranoia”.

If it is a thing to put in the foreground when we speak of THE THING, it is its atmosphere. By placing its action in the Antarctic, in a virtual camera, the filmmaker gives himself the means of his ambition, and gives out an atmosphere of anxiety in his work, however, tour in the studios of Universal. By staging a very sober, well away from the madness chaos In The Mouth of Madness, and helped by Ennio Morricone in top form, the director imposes to the spectator immobility weighing, which is shared by the characters of the story. Cutting to the perfection of his film, the director presents a fairly slow pace, perfectly suited to the context, and the suspense is increased tenfold. Every character becomes suspect, and very quickly the experience becomes nightmarish as successive changes of point of view and the sequences horrific hallucinating.

The special effects and the design of “The Thing” also have a significant share in the success of the film. More than thirty years after the release, they have simply not taken a ride. Yet, John Carpenter filmed frontally, his creature, does not bother with out-of-field if it doesn’t ; its realization is at the service of the atmosphere, and that is the undeniable success of the film. The idea of destruction, dear to the filmmaker here takes its meaning from a social point of view ; the group’s solidarity, which fights to survive against a common enemy, it switches to a picture of the proverb ” man is a wolf to Man “, and the individual survival becomes the prime objective. A vision very obscure to the human race unfit to coexist and understand each other in the face of an enemy, that John Carpenter explains in his entire filmography, and that here is pushed to its paroxysm.

“A required passage in the history of horror cinema.”

The huge success of the director, who makes no false note in its realization or in its intentions, is likely to be a chilling (pardon) on the Halle Tony Garnier, and THE THING is such a passage in the history of horror cinema that does not appear among the selection would have been a surprise. I can only advise you to jump on the opportunity to view this masterpiece in the dining room, to enjoy as much of the sound design outstanding as of the stage you can not upscale the master of horror.

THE OUTPUTS OF THE DECEMBER 2, 2015

THE BRIDGE OF SPIES, BABYSITTING 2, MIA MADRE, MARGUERITE AND JULIEN, THE PROPHET, THE THING (Carpenter, 1982) …

THE THING has been reviewed in the framework of the NIGHT OF FEAR, organised by the Festival Lumière, in Lyon. It will be screened Saturday, October 17th at the Halle Tony Garnier.

The LIGHT FESTIVAL on the Blog of The Film
MARTIN SCORSESE: an Analysis of his films

MARTIN SCORSESE: a portrait of the author

His films presented at the festival of Light :

Hugo Cabret (2011)

The Departed (2006)

Casino (1995)

The age of innocence (1993)

Nerves on edge (1991)

Goodfellas (1990)

The last temptation of Christ (1988)

The waltz of the puppets (1982)

Raging Bull (1980)

New York, New York (1977)

Taxi Driver (1975)

Alice is not here anymore (1974)

Mean Streets (1973)

Boxcar Bertha (1972)

Who’s that knoocking at my door (1968)

Chroniqués by Georgeslechameau

The 8 films of JULIEN DUVIVIER

JULIEN DUVIVIER: portrait of the author

David Golder (1931)

La Bandera (1935)

The Beautiful Team (1936)

Pépé le Moko (1937)

A carnet de bal (1937)

The end of the Day (1939)

Panic (1946)

– The Time of the Assassins (1956)

Chroniqués by Louis

THE NIGHT OF FEAR

Night of fear : our view on the selection of films !

The Thing (1982)

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Insidious (2010)

The Evil Dead (1981)

Chroniqués by Louis

AKIRA KUROSAWA : the years, Toho

– The More dignity (1944)

– Walking on the tail of the tiger… (1945$)

I have no regrets for my youth (1946)

– One wonderful Sunday (1947)

– Angel drunk (1948)

– Mad dog (1949)

– Live (1952)

– Live in fear (1955)

– The hidden Fortress (1958)

– The Bastards sleep in peace (1960)

– Yojimbo – The bodyguard (1961)

– Sanjuro (1962)

– Between heaven and hell (1963)

the Russian filmmaker LARISSA CHEPITKO

A portrait of Larissa Chepitko

– Scorching heat (1963)

– The Wings (1966)

– The Beginning of a century unknown – composed of The Angel of Andrei Smirnov and The Country of the power of Larissa Chepitko (1967)

– You and me (1971)

– The Ascent (1977)

THE PROGRAMMING 2015

On the Blog of The Film

https://www.leblogducinema.com/news/la-programmation-dantesque-du-festival-lumiere-2015-71672/

Or on the site of the Festival of Light

http://www.festival-lumiere.org/

LIGHT 2014 : Pedro Almodovar


– Programming of Light 2014

PEDRO ALMODOVAR :

Pepi, Luci, Bom and other girls in the neighborhood of Pedro Almodóvar (Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón, 1980, 1h18)

That is what I have done to deserve this ? Pedro Almodóvar (¿ Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto !!, 1984, 1h47)

– Matador by Pedro Almodóvar (1986, 1: 45)

The Law of desire by Pedro Almodóvar (La ley del deseo, 1987, 1h44)

Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown by Pedro Almodóvar (Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios, 1988, 1: 35:)

Home-me ! Pedro Almodóvar (Átame !, 1989, 1h41)

High heels by Pedro Almodóvar (Tacones lejanos, 1991, 1h53)

The Flower of my secret by Pedro Almodóvar (La flor de mi secreto, 1995, 1h42)

In the flesh by Pedro Almodóvar (Carne trémula, 1997, 1h39)

All about my mother by Pedro Almodóvar (Todo sobre mi madre, 1999, 1: 40)

Talk to her by Pedro Almodóvar (Hable con ella, 2002, 1h52)

Volver by Pedro Almodóvar (2006, 2h02)

La piel habito that of Pedro Almodóvar (2011, 2h01)

SAGA MUSASHI MIYAMOTO : a CRITICAL of the 6 films

PARADISE LOST, Abel Gance: a CRITICAL

OPENING NIGHT, John Cassavettes : CRITICAL

– A Woman Dangerous, with Ida Lupino: CRITICAL

Chroniqués by Georgeslechameau

– The crossing of Paris

Reviewed by Louis

INFORMATION

 

Original title : The Thing

Achievement : John Carpenter

Screenplay : Bill Lancaster

Main actors : Kurt Russel, Keith David

Country of origin : United States

Output : 3 November 1982

Output restored version : December 2, 2015

Duration : 1h49

Distributor : Universal Pictures

Synopsis : In the heart of the Antarctic, a team of scientists discovered a creature frozen. Brought back to life, the monster takes on the appearance of all organic forms and decimating one by one the members of the expedition.
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